Most people will partake in at least some drinking of alcohol at some point in their life. Drinking is a fantastic way to unwind at the end of the day, celebrate a special occasion, or enjoy time with friends. There is not anything illegal about drinking. It is however illegal to drink and drive. If you choose to drink and then drive it can end up being a costly mistake. If a police officer pulls you over and finds you are driving under the influence you will be charged with a DUI. If you are not familiar with what happens when you get a DUI. Kajioka & Associates Attorneys at Law wants to help you understand the process. We are going to start with what you should do right from the beginning of the DUI.
What Happens when You Get Pulled Over for a DUI?
The first thing that happens is that you get pulled over. If you get pulled over and are intoxicated you will want to do your very best to comply with the police officer. Arguing with the officer or being belligerent will only make everything worse than it needs to be for you. If the police officer charges you with a DUI you will not be allowed to drive your car. You will be transported to the police station in their patrol car. Your car will then be towed by a company that the police department chooses. You will have to make arrangements to get your vehicle from the towing company at your expense. The sooner that you take care of this the less your fees will be. Try and take care of this as soon as possible.
DUI Police Processing Procedures
At the police station you will have to get processed. Getting processed at the police station can take a few hours. Sometimes it takes even longer than that depending on how busy they are and if this is your first offense or not. You may be able to be released on bail or you may be incarcerated immediately. During this process you will be able to contact us here at Kajioka & Associates Attorney at Law. We can talk to you and start helping you through the process at this point.
DUI Court Hearing
The next step is to appear before a judge in a court of law. One of our attorneys will come to your hearing with you. When we are in court you will want to make sure you are respectful through the entire process. Let us do our job in court. We will make sure that we get the best possible outcome for you in the courtroom. Most of the time people that are charged with a DUI are required to complete community service or court referral programs. You will have to complete these programs and report back to the court. There will also be fines that you will be required to pay for the DUI. Once all of this is done the DUI will stay on your record for at least a few years.
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If you have any more questions please give Kajioka & Associates Attorneys at Law a call. We can help you with anything you need regarding your DUI.